Breed of the Month - August 2014 - Pharaoh Hound
Congratulations to Alvaro and Cindy Pisoni !!

One of the oldest domesticated dogs in recorded history, the Pharaoh Hound originated in ancient Egypt as far back as 3000 B.C. The breed is thought to have been brought from Egypt by the Phoenicians when they settled on the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo which at one time belonged to the main island of Sicily. They are bred for rabbit hunting and are the national dog of Malta.

Coat color can range from tan to chestnut to red golden, with white markings on the tip of the tail, chest, toes and on the center line of the face. A unique breed characteristic is their "blush" - when happy or excited, the nose and ears turn a deep rose color.

The Pharaoh Hound was recognized for registration in AKC's Stud Book on August 1, 1983 and is one of the oldest domesticated dogs in recorded history.


Pharaoh Hounds have a long long history behind, tracing back to Egyptian and Roman times. They are sight hounds, full of energy, intelligent and funny. They have a strong personality so we have learned that they "expect" us to please them first of all and if you are trying to correct them or be angry with them, they simply look at you with a strange expression in their eyes and they seem to tell you:
 "You do not like what I do... so, do it yourself !" We love them also because of this, period. There is so much to tell about this striking breed.



My life with a Pharaoh Hounds goes back many many years. Since I was a kid, my mother told me that during WW2, when she was living in a small village in the Northernmost State of Italy called Trentino-SudTirol, where I also was born, there were trains after trains of German soldiers which were going back to Germany leaving Italy because the allied forces already landed in Southern Italy, Sicily and pushing north.

From one of these train cars, a young German soldier walked down with a sweet, small puppy of a dog which nobody had seen before. My mother asked him what breed that young female dog was and the soldier did not know but he asked my mother to take her because he could not bring her back to Germany.

That was 1945. A few years later, a veterinarian recognized that my mother' s dog was a Pharaoh Hound or Cirneco dell' Etna. Since then, we always had a love for this breed. In 1974, while I was studying in Rome, I bought a male puppy and that was again the love of the family.

In 1982, I had to leave him with my mother when I moved to Colorado to study at the University of Colorado, but I always went back and forth...

In 2002, I got my 1st Pharaoh Hound from California. I named him "Koby" and he became a pretty big AKC champion, winning several group placements.

In 2009, I went to Stockholm, Sweden to get a beautiful female. We called her Sofia and she also became an AKC champion. We bred them and now we also have two 6 month old female puppies called "Chloe and Penny".

We all enjoyed so much participating at many dog shows and, in 2002, thanks to the sponsorship of Fran Strayer and Joann Alford, we were honored to become proud members of the great Plum Creek Kennel Club, where we met so many wonderful and dedicated people who really not only promote their own dog breeds, but bring at high level the standards and appreciation for these wonderful animals, friends and companions.




Puppies . . Puppies . . Puppies . .


This is how we do it . . .
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